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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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This Week

The Gristle


ALOHA: Hello and goodbye to the Bellingham Public Development Authority, and with it the latest stumble in the city’s journey to employ public land as the nucleus to fuel an urban village planning concept. The BPDA died without a whimper last week after Bellingham City Council declined to discuss restoring the organization’s funding to the mayor’s proposed 2015-16 biennial budget. The BPDA board met the following day and terminated the contract with its executive director, Jim Long.

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Art Chantry

Bellingham’s poster boy

Because I am a person of a certain age, as long as I’ve been into music, I’ve been an admirer of the work of Art Chantry.

At this point in his career, Chantry has been long hailed as a graphic artist of unusual vision and influence, and his work has hung in museums from the Museum of Modern Art to the Louvre to the Smithsonian. When I first encountered his work, grunge was rapidly becoming Seattle’s soundtrack but was not yet a word, and Chantry was busy putting his distinctive stamp all

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Raspberry Redo

From simple to sublime


It is a grey, chilly Monday morning and no amount of Earl Grey tea will warm my soul. I’m trying to stay positive and think good thoughts about dark days, dead leaves and itchy sweaters, but it’s hard. The passing of summer and the imminence of winter months have gotten me down and, sadly, it’s only October.

I revert to my favorite method of surviving the cold: I bake. I do not hibernate, like a bear, although a long nap somewhere in the mountains sounds heavenly. I do not fly to Tahiti.

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On Stage

Halloween Preludes

Scaring up a good time

In Bellingham, Halloween isn’t just a one-night affair. Historically speaking, its residents love to celebrate spookiness throughout the entire month of October. To that end, I’d like to draw your attention to three events happening before the calendar hits Oct. 31.

Last Friday night, the early Hellingham show at the Upfront Theatre was sold out, so my friends and I had to repair to a nearby bar to wait for the late one. It wasn’t a big surprise that we were turned away; the event has become

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Accreted Terraine

An artist’s amusement park


Guest curator David Francis offers a cornucopia of delights in “Accreted Terraine,” the new exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art. This theme challenged 42 artists to depict things that multiply or accumulate.

Many of the artists have backgrounds in the natural sciences and their work depicts data accumulation, such as Adele Caemmerer’s “Morning watch, 3 weeks Rickshaws and Green Buses.”  Some of the creations are lovely to look at, like Russell Prather’s “Loaf,” which glows

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Transition Time

Last call in the North Cascades

A majestic coda to summer’s music, autumn in the North Cascades is a resolving chord that is allowed to ring out like the concluding passage of a tone poem, settling the nerves and invigorating the adventurous spirit. Extinguishing the forest fires of summer and preparing us for the winter ahead.

But October is fading fast, my friends, and soon it will be November.

November is—despite what the calendar may say—winter. And we know what that means. So savor October while it’s here and urge

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Just Do It

Make a Difference Day


It’s apt that our Best of Bellingham issue is coming out during the same time frame that the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is once again taking the lead in organizing its 22nd annual “Make a Difference Day.”

The Volunteer Center’s program director, Hollie Moe, says the late October event—which this year happens throughout the day on Sat., Oct. 25—always brings out the best in those living in our burg, but also points out that residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County can be counted

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John Wick

Man’s best friend

There are no good guys in John Wick, but there are some great actors working alongside Keanu Reeves in his darkest and most tormented role yet: a stunningly lethal contract killer who goes on a rampage after a Russian thug murders his dog. Yes, his dog. If you can stomach the setup, then the rest is pure revenge-movie gold, as Reeves reminds what a compelling action star he can be, while the guy who served as his stunt double in The Matrix makes a remarkably satisfying directorial debut,

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Oct 24


Anything Goes: Stowaways, mistaken identity and hilarity will all make appearances when the Tony Award-winning musical Anything Goes concludes this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Entry is $20. more »

Vietnam Plays at WWU: View two plays honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War when Streamers and Piece of My Heart—works that explore the full spectrum of the Vietnam experience—have alternate-night showings from Oct. 23-Nov. 1 at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7-$12. more »

Zombie Asylum: A "Zombie Asylum" Haunted House will be open from 7-10pm nightly through Nov. 1 at the former Billy McHale's site at 4301 Guide Meridian. Entry is $15. more »

Scream Fair: Visit the annual haunted house known as "Scream Fair" from 6:30-10:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Henry Jansen Building at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Entry is $10-$13, or $24 for a ticket that lets you skip the (typically long) line. The fright fest continues Oct. 30-31, as well as Sat., Nov. 1. more »

Hellingham: Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as "Hellingham" returns to the stage for 8pm and 10pm shows every Friday and Saturday through October at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets to view the comedic carnage are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Gore & Lore Tours: Bellingham's scariest stories and real-life horrors can be experienced when the Good Time Girls host their infamous spooky "Gore & Lore" history tours at 6pm Friday and Saturday at the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St.) and 6pm Friday at Sycamore Square (12th and Harris). Entry is $15. more »

Dracula at BAAY: Western Washington University graduate Danielle Grant directs the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's production of Dracula at performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the BAAY Theatre, 1056 N. State St. Tickets are $5-$10. more »

Murder Mystery Fundraiser: Enjoy laughs, snacks, beverages and a chance to guess whodunnit when the Everson Library hosts its third annual murder mystery, The Case of the Malted Falcon, at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at the Hopewell Grange, 3440 Hopewell Rd. Tickets to the fundraiser are $10. more »

These Seven Sicknesses: Settle in to view These Seven Sicknesses this weekend at 6:30pm shows Friday and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday, at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Dubbed the theater's "greatest undertaking yet," the four-and-a-half hour play features performances of the seven remaining plays by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and dessert. Additional performances happen through Nov. 2. more »

Hide & Seek: Kuntz and Company delves into the complexities of caring for the kids in our community at performances of Hide and Seek this weekend at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 5pm Sunday, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The dance and theater piece combines the talent of professional performers with the community members whose stories are being told. The show contains mature subject matter, and is not recommended for children. Tickets are $15. more »

Skagit Community Band: "People, Places or Swing" will be the theme of Skagit Community Band performances at 7:30pm Friday at La Conner's Maple Hall and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall. Tickets to each show are $10-$15. more »

Alzheimer’s Conference: "Care Partners: Meeting the Challenges" will be the theme of the Alzheimer Society of Washington's 28th annual Fall Conference from 8am-4pm at the Silver Reef Hotel Conference Center, 4876 Haxton Way. Entry is $65. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in October at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Entry is by donation. more »

A Pun on Thyme: Whince: A Pun on Thyme author Lou Lippman presents "Research and Principles to Crafting Stories" at 1pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. At the free event, Lippman will present research on the science behind what makes stories funny. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Western Line Dancing: A Western Line Dance class meets at 6pm Friday at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. The group dances the oldies to the latest western, with a little bit of rock and roll. Entry is $5 per class. more »

Bonfires & Brats: As part of October's "Bonfires & Brats" series, listen to music by Lost at Last from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Entry is free. more »

Sacred Sounds: Kristen Rubis will use metal Tibetan singing bowls, bells, planetary chimes, tingshas, shakers, a, a handheld crystal bowl and more at a "Sacred Sound" Healing Concert from 6:30-8pm at 8 Petals Yoga Studio, 1317 Commercial St. Entry is $15-$20. more »

Last Stand Reading: Todd Wilkinson and Bob Farris share stories from the book they co-authored, Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free. more »

House Concert: Grammy-winning musician Chris Bery will play the Zimbabwean thumb piano known as a mbira from 7-9pm at the home of BUF members Rick and Nancy Steele, 2821 Cody Ave. Suggested donation is $10-$15. more »

Halloween Art Show: Olio Media Group hosts a "Halloween Art Show and Music Festival" from 7-11pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. In addition to art by Asha Bastis, Andy Siebert, Charlie Griffith, Maia Anne, Katy Bentz, and Jess Lussier, there'll be live music, food and gifts for sale. Entry is $5. more »

Ghost Hunt Class: Two of Bellingham Observers of the Odd and Obscure's (BOOO) lead paranormal investigators will lead a "Ghost Hunt Class" tonight from 7pm-12am in some of Bellingham's most intriguing haunts (the location will be revealed upon registration). Entry is $50, and includes an introduction into the world of ghost hunting and a real-life investigation. more »

Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. more »

Estonian Boys Choir: The Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir performs at 8pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. more »

Under the Streetlamp: The charismatic quartet going by the moniker Under the Streetlamp bring the repertoire of the American Radio Songbook of the 1950s through ’70s to the stage at an 8pm performance at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $30-$49. more »

Beats and Freaks: Get in the mood for Halloween at a pre-funk party dubbed "Beats and Freaks" from 9pm-4am at Eagles Hall, 1125 N. Forest St. Music by live DJs Valentine, P-Zo, DJ Kai, Tim Trip, and others, a costume contest hosted by a Seahawks Seagal, and more will be part of the evening's festivities. Entry is $10. more »

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